Tinubu Pledges Commitment to Realistic Minimum Wage for Nigerian Workers

President Bola Tinubu has emphasized his dedication to improving the welfare of Nigerian workers and ensuring a fair and realistic minimum wage. This commitment was reiterated during a meeting at the State House in Abuja with leaders from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), led by Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo respectively.

According to presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu stressed that Nigerian workers deserve better wages, improved welfare, and safe working conditions, recognizing them as the driving force of the nation. “I pay attention to everything around me. A happy worker is a productive worker. And society depends on the productivity of the happy worker,” the President said.

However, Tinubu called for realistic expectations concerning the minimum wage, highlighting the need to consider the nation’s economic structure before finalizing the process. “You have to cut your coat according to available cloth. Before we can finalize the minimum wage process, we have to look at the structure,” he stated. He also questioned the current practice of adjusting wages every five years, suggesting a more dynamic and pragmatic approach.

NLC President Joe Ajaero emphasized the need for an upward adjustment to the minimum wage due to the current economic challenges facing Nigerian workers. “Between living wage and minimum wage, we need to find a balance. Things are difficult for the Nigerian worker,” Ajaero noted. He also congratulated Tinubu on the Supreme Court ruling affirming financial autonomy for local governments, acknowledging it as a significant achievement.

TUC President Festus Osifo pointed out the adverse effects of inflation on the value of the naira and stressed the importance of government measures to alleviate the rising costs of food and transportation. He highlighted initiatives like the rollout of Compressed Natural Gas-powered buses and the suspension of duty on certain food imports as essential steps toward providing relief to citizens. “We commend you on the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court. History will not forget what has happened today. With this judgement, we believe Nigeria will make progress,” Osifo said.


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